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Level: Intermediate
Length: 80 mi (128.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +7,283/ -7,331 ft
Total: 846 riders

Mountain Biking DuPont State Recreational Forest

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#3 of 549 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#27 in the world

DuPont State Recreational Forest is a vast, expansive area with about 80 miles of singletrack and doubletrack trails. Here in DuPont, you'll find a little bit of everything, ranging from gorgeous trails with rushing waterfalls, easy doubletrack, challenging, technical singletrack, steep slickrock, and flowy dirt descents.

Be sure to check out the Big Rock, Burnt Mountain, and Cedar Rock trails in order to experience the excellent East Coast slickrock! Also, you have to make sure to descend the Ridgeline Trail (#65)--talk about flowy and fast!

The route options in DuPont are myriad, so be sure to reference the GPS maps uploaded here for a variety of options to choose from.

Note: DuPont State Recreational Forest is not open to e-bikes.

First added by Jeff Barber on Dec 31, 2002. Last updated Jul 9, 2024. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: no
  • E-bikes allowed: no
  • Fee required: no
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Getting there
From I-26 South, take exit 9 (Asheville Airpot). Go to the right towards the airport and Brevard. Go approximately 15 miles until NC 280 becomes US 276. Follow this into and through Brevard (staying on four lane hwy). Go approximately 9 miles past Brevard into Cedar Mtn, NC. Go left onto Cascade Lake Road. Go about 2 miles and you will see the parking area on the left.
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Rider questions

Q: Whats the minumum suspension for these trails? front and or rear? Is a hardtail acceptable?
A: I've ridden all of it on a hard tail. 100mm front suspension.

Q: Sorry if this question makes anyone feel uncomfortable, but as a POC, I’m thinking of exploring trails in the VA/NC region in a couple months. Should I be concerned about my safety if I ride alone? Again, I’m not trying to stir anything up. Thanks in advance!